This Cougar was a great design-
different enough to hold some stylistic
ground with the only other daring
design of that time the Audi TT. I
still love the it and get
compliments often. I'm also still
impressed with it's material fit &
finish which are far beyond most. It
has been a reliable car on
many road trips and in the daily
commute. Similar problems of
engine light, cupholder, defroster
grill, etc. Pricey repairs with pwr
locks going out at 50k for a cool
$600. Brakes lasted til 54k, alt/batt
to 58k and tires to 30k. Some engine
issues popping up which have me worried
but still a darn reliable car that's
fun to drive.
Styling and charisma. This car still
has a face apart from the pack.
Hatchback versatility and I actually
love the back seats as do my passengers.
Ummm, cupholder, a factory radio which
was anything but "premium", shotty
electrical system, a gas guage which
doesn't go from 1/2 to empty in 50
I bought the car with 125k miles on it
for about $2000 under book. The
interior has held up well, but the
paint has lost some of it't luster.
The engine is still reasonably strong,
and the steering has held up well. A
bit heavy in the corners, but not too
bad. If you are intrested in this
kind of thing, there are a few places
to find aftermarket parts for this
car. A web search should bring
several up. All in all, my time with
this car has been well spent with only
a single and inexpensive problem that
had me driving a Geo Metro (I still
have nightmares from that thing) for a
week. I am not sorry I bought the car
V6's power, Sunroof, great sound
Of course the cupholder is worthless.
Don't suppose it matters now, since
the thing is no longer in production.
Still, in the aftermarket there are
many things that will help this car
From day one this car has been a
P.O.S. I had it in the shop more than
i drove it and the dealership would
never fix it right. Recently i have
put over 900$ into the car and it still
isn't working right. It has had 2
alternators, 2 batteries, 2 fuel pumps,
ignition coil replaced, control arms
went bad, tires go at only 13000
miles. The car only has around 44000
miles on it as of 2/1/04. Mass air
flow sensor was replaced, computer has
had to be reset over 10 times. Please
take my advice get the extended
warrenty i didn't and my pocket is
paying for it. I know i got a lemon..
I decided to trade it in b/c i got so
sick of it being so undependable.
They need to recall the whole car and
do it over better.
Those of you who are considering should
feel comfortable buying this sleek
model coupe. I have highly enjoyed my
experience. My only advice would be to
make sure that the electronics and
braking systems are in good shape. I
have not had any real problems with
mine, but I have heard of a few.
All of the instruments are fun and
The engine is tight as is the steering.
Well, I am happy to say that I have not
had any problems with my cougar minus 1
electrical problem which seems to be the
norm here but it was not expensive to
fix- every car has some problems! The
car is fun to drive, great handling and
quick when it needs to be. I am only at
about 65000km on the car but so far so
good.I would not have a problem
recomending this car to anyone.
I love the handling in corners, and I
love the electronic readout functions.
Radio/cd is above average quality -
surprising for an american car. Good
Fuel economy is a bit below where I'd
like it to be. Yes the cup holder is not
the best. The car is a bit noisy on the
freeway (wind/egine noise)